Istanbul hosts charity match for victims of Besiktas stadium bombing

Before the match started President Erodogan delivered a speech at the stadium and said that Turkey is going through one of its "roughest periods in history at fighting against terrorism."

Photo by: Anadolu Agency
Photo by: Anadolu Agency

President Erdogan addresses thousands of football fans in Istanbul's Vodafone Arena where a bomb attack took place on December 10.

All the top-flight Turkish football clubs turned out for a charity match at the Besiktas stadium in Istanbul, after the recent double bomb attack that killed 44 people.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech before the match started.

He said, “Turkey is going through one of its roughest periods in history at fighting against terrorism. I believe that our police officers, soldiers, village guards and this nation will finish terrorism by standing in unity and solidarity."

The proceeds of the match are being donated to the families of the victims who had lost their lives in the attack outside the stadium, earlier this month.

Strict security measures had been made for the match. The local stars won the match by 3 to 4 goals.

TRT World's Semra Hunter reports from the stadium.

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